All-on-4 dental implants are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to traditional implants and even dentures. Specifically, these unique dental implants allow you to transform the appearance of your entire smile using just four strategically placed implant posts on either side (top or bottom) of the mouth.
How Is This Different?
All-on-4 dental implants are different than traditional dental implants and dentures in a number of ways. For starters, unlike with regular dental implants, a separate dental post doesn't need to be drilled into the jaw bone for every single tooth being replaced. And unlike dentures, All-on-4 implants are a permanent solution. And since they don't rest completely on the gums (like dentures do), there is a reduced risk of irritation and other unpleasant side effects.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Most people who are viable candidates for dentures or traditional dental implants will also be a good candidate for All-on-4 implants. However, if you're interested in having this procedure done, you should begin with a consultation at an All-on-4 dentist. The main reason as to why a person may not be a viable candidate for the procedure is advanced periodontal disease. People with serious periodontal disease simply may not have the bone structure and support needed for the jaw bone to hold the dental implant posts in place. Furthermore, some people with osteoporosis and other bone-related diseases may be better suited for traditional dentures, which do not require posts to be implanted into the jaw bone.
How Does the Procedure Work?
After your consultation, your dentist will set up an appointment for you to have your All-on-4 dental implant posts put into place. You will be put under anesthesia for this procedure, as it involves drilling the posts into the jaw bone itself. Four posts will be put into place on either the top or bottom of your mouth (or eight posts across both). Then, in a follow up appointment, your dentist will place a custom-made bridge across the dental implants to complete the procedure and your look. Your new teeth will be fully functional the same day.
Once your All-on-4 implants are in place, you will also have follow-up appointments to ensure everything is fitting properly and that there are no complications.
Overall, All-on-4 dental implants can be a great alternative to traditional implants or dentures. If you're missing teeth, consider asking your dentist about this innovative new option. Contact a clinic like Cloverleaf Dental Center to learn more.